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Walter John Stohler

Walter John Stohler




Walter John Stohler died on May 13, 2017 of natural causes. Walter was born July 9, 1921 in Meridian, Idaho to John and Helen Stohler. He attended Valley View Elementary, Cole Junior High, and graduated from Boise High School in 1940. During high school, he worked for Capital Cleaners in Hyde Park. When World War Two started, he enlisted in the Navy (in March 1942). Walt was sent to Fleet Torpedo School in San Diego after boot camp. He served nearly five years as a torpedo man in the Pacific Theater including the Aleutian Islands and Hawaii. He was also on shore patrol duty at different times during those years. He was honorably discharged in December 1946.

Walt came back to Boise and worked again at the Capital Cleaners, and at City Dye Works and the Model Cleaners. He married Emma Elizabeth Pittard in February 1947. In 1951, he joined the Boise Police Department and served for twenty-six years, including patrols, detective work, etc. and retired as a Sargent.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Marjorie Price and Maryanne Eckberg.

He is survived by his wife Emma, their two children Walter John Stohler Jr. (Linda) and Julie Stohler (Wayne Chu), three grandchildren Samantha Roshak (Todd), and Nathan and Jane Chu, and two step-grandchildren Nick and Andrew Wedel. He is also survived by his nephew John Price (Judy) and niece Beverly Burkhartsmeier (Dave), two great-grandchildren McKinley and Gillian Roshak and cousins in Switzerland.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 25 (Thursday), 2017 at Morris Hill Cemetery (Latah St. side), as organized by Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Honors will be given by the U.S. Navy and Boise Police Department. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Boise Police Department.
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